Manasquan HS graduate experiences life in Kenya


SEA GIRT — During his first night in Africa, Dylan Pacetti of Sea Girt rested uneasily, wondering what wild animal might be lurking outside his tent.

A recent graduate and former football player for Manasquan High School, Dylan recently returned from a trip to Kenya, Africa, where he helped minimize animal and human conflict as a volunteer for Big Life Foundation, a wildlife and wild lands protection organization.  

“I’ve always been super passionate about animals, I’ve always had this love ever since I was young,” Dylan said.

While writing his college application essay, a topic choice caught his eye, “If you could go anywhere this summer where would you go?” As an animal lover, it wasn’t a second thought for Dylan.

“I wrote that I wanted to go to Kenya to save animals,” he said.  

While writing his essay, he pondered a new thought, “What if I actually did this?”

With family connections to  representatives of the Big Life Foundation, Dylan was determined to make his essay topic a reality.

Through communicating with members of Big Life, Dylan was put in touch with Richard Bonham,  co-founder of Big Life and  award-winning conservationist.

Mr. Bohman invited Dylan to live beside local Maasai rangers in East Africa where he would experience the  lifestyle of the Maasai tribe as well as assist the rangers in patrolling lands under Big Life protection.

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